The research presented in this chapter focuses on the Pearl River Delta, a rapidly developing region in southern China. We combine high-resolution satellite imagery and socioeconomic data to address the following questions: How rapidly is agricultural land being lost? What is the rate at which urban areas are expanding? We highlight some of the methodological challenges encountered in our research to link remotely sensed imagery with socioeconomic data. Specifically, we discuss the effects of classification accuracy and bias on land use models, present several statistical approaches to integrating time series satellite data with socioeconomic data to model land use, and discuss some of the patterns of land use change in the Pearl River Delta. Our analysis indicates that urbanization increased by more than 300% during the period 1988–1996. Most of the new urban areas were converted from agricultural land. The geographic pattern of land use change follows the Hong Kong-Guangzhou corridor and mirrors foreign direct investment flows.
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- Monitoring Land Use Change in the Pearl River Delta, China
Karen C. Seto
Robert K. Kaufmann
Curtis E. Woodcock
- Springer US
- Chapter 4